Visakhapatnam

Campaign for P4 stepped up

With Municipal Commissioner Pravin Kumar firming up the ban on plastic sachets that are below 40 microns thick and constituting a task force for the purpose, India Youth for Society (IYFS) has come forward to do its bit to make the city plastic-free and help execute the initiative effectively.

Lauding the efforts taken by the GVMC to impose penalty on those who sell plastics that are below the prescribed standards, the two-year long ‘Prevent Polythene Protect Planet’ (P4) campaign of the IYFS has taken a new route to educate people on the harmful impact of plastics.

On Sunday, the team conducted an awareness walk from Isukathota junction to MVP Rythu Bazaar. With the prime focus on educating the makeshift tiffin vendors dotting all along the streets, the team members spoke about the menace caused by plastics elaborately.

Carrying placards and banners and distributing handouts that explain the intricacies involved in using plastic material, the team members took part in the drive enthusiastically.

“We requested those who came to pick up parcels to bring containers and cloth bags from home and avoid getting the stuff packed in plastic covers,” says P. Madhu, president of IYFS. Through public address system, the toxic content present in plastics was explained to visitors at the rythu bazaar by M. Jagadish Kumar, secretary of the society.

It is also learnt that use of non-biodegradable plastics is on the higher side at small eateries, food joints, and wine shops across the city.

Members of the society, including N.B. Murthy, Appala Reddy, and Satya Kumar, said that they were willing to do their bit to society and flag off similar awareness drives at various places in a phased manner.



IYFS members take out an awareness walk to educate makeshift tiffin vendors on the ill-effects of use of plastics




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